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. we w begin with news out of baltimore city. a jury has been seated for the trial of a city police officer facing manslaughter and other charges in the death of freddie gray. scott broom joins us live with details on what happens next. reporter: at this very moment, the jury has been seated and opening arguments are under way with prosecutors taking to the floor of the courtroom to open their case against police officer william porter here in
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baltimore, the first of six to be prosecuted in the death of freddie gray. let me talk about the jury briefly. it very much reflects the make up of the city. five black women, three black men, three white women and one white man. a majority african-american jury seated in this case. the defense used all four of its strikes to exclude african-americans who were on the jury panel. the case now under way. the prosecutor is taking to the floor of the courtroom, and he is opened by reminding the jurors that it is not freddie gray who is on trial, and it is not the additional police officers on trial. this case is going to focus solely on the actions of 26 year old police officer william porter, the first to go on trial. he is charged with manslaughter and police misconduct, accused of failing to belt
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freddie gray securely into the back of a police van, and failing to heed his cries for help. in accordance, freddie gray died from a broken neck after a ride in that police van. and the . so again, the jury is now seated and opening arguments are under way in this first of the freddie gray prosecutions. . we have breaking news of the verdict forth coming. the jury hearing the case against officer jenchesky sand ever santiago. we're keeping an eye on this story and we'll have the latest on this newscast and on our wusa9 mobile app. dense nothing and rain combined to make this the first of the three yellow alert
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days but allyson rae says once we get through today, the sun will come out tomorrow. reporter: say it ain't so. come on, when is the last time we saw the sun? it has been since sunday. its so crummy out there. it is gray, its miserable. another wet day. here's the good news, a couple of things, one, its a little warmer, and two, its a -- its a steady rain fall. the rain continues through the district across the area from 81 over to the eastern shore. a little drier in fredericksburg. temperatures are warming up with a southerly wind and when you have a southerly wind you know a cold front is coming through. 55 degrees. its been increasing in the past couple of hours. let's go through your immediate futurecast and coming up later, we'll go through the extended futurecast and you'll see how nice it's going to be before you know it. three days in a row of nothing but clouds and rain.
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today, i think mentally it's the worst on top of the rain here. 57 degrees by 2:30. the rain continues. there will be bands of more moderate rain fall. and then there's that drizzle for some areas. by 4:30, it continues. i'll track when it finally gets out of the way. that's all coming up later. andrea. right now, the final round of hearings between the potential merger between pepsico and open vonn are taking -- epsilon are taking place. protestors are there [technical difficulties] advocates say it's a bad deal all around for d.c. and they want to talk to the mayor about why she's supporting it. >> i would say to the mayor, you know, come clean. tell us why you did this. did you solicit fresh pac money.
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was there a deal on the soccer stadium. sandy berger has died. he helped build e thclinton foreign policy. berger was white house national security advisor from 1997 to 2001. . about 200 u.s. special operations forces will soon be on the ground in iraq to help fight isis. pentagon officials say the troops will launch raids from a base in the northern iraqi city. their mission will be to capture islamic state leaders and gather intelligence. iraq's prime minister says his force forces are capable of defeating isis without the help of foreign combat troops, but white house officials say the iraqis
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were briefed about the deployment. two people escape with non life threatening injuries after a fire ripped through their home in prince georges county. officials say the home had no working fire alarms. the family dog stood over one victim as crews battled the blaze. 26 elementary schools in montgomery county will be tested for high levels of radon. that's a colorless odorless gas that can cause cancer. reporter: three it of 53 classes -- out of 53 class rooms here had elevated levels of radon. >> i was shocked to get the letter. reporter: this mom dropping argue her student says she trusts the administration but is asking questions, specifically is her daughter's class effected. >> i would like to know. yes, i would like to be informed of that but at the same time, i would assume if it was
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dangerous to their health, hopefully the school wouldn't be open. there would be an alternative. reporter: twenty-six schools in montgomery county have elevated but not deadly levels of radon. >> i'm not an expert in this type of field, should i say, so they have the right people, and i trust that. reporter: there was a lapse in routine testing for radon and when levels were elevated, a second round of testing was never performed but now will. we've learned that letter was sent home to parents tuesday but it did not specify which class rooms and it did not take it to every parent. >> i don't mange it through -- go through every paper because i go to work when they come home so i'm going to go home and discuss it with mom. you enlightened me on something to go home and research. >> to learn more about the testing schedule and see if your child's school is on the list, go to our wusa9 mobile app. family and food are the
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corner stones of the holiday season, however, they can spell disaster for children with food allergies. coming up, things to think about before your next holiday get together. >> and the community is in shock after its
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hundreds of protestors have clashed with police in the armenian capitol. they're calling for the resignation of the president. the protests were sparked by his decision to hold a referendum to change the constitution so that the president is no longer elected by a direct vote of the people. police in juneau, alaska are down playing reports that their newly elected mayor died after being assaulted. the body of stephen fisk was found by his adult son monday afternoon. the mayor was 70 years old.
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friends and neighbors are stunned by the discovery. >> he wanted to do something for this community and always had some wonderful ideas about how to make it a better, a better community, and how to expand our, you know, our economy, and diversify. reporter: police say there was nothing to indicate the mayor killed himself, they do say fisk suffered injuries. reserved seating for rosa, that was the order from officials in one california county. they honored the late rosa parks by reserving a seat for her on the buses. it was the 60th anniversary of when parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on the bus to a white passenger. that set off a chain of events leading to the civil rights movement. hopefully this is the last yellow alert day for a while. reporter: yes, i think we are all tired of the rain. i think we can all agree on that. we do have the back line of the
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rain back here through west virginia. the back end of the clouds continues a little farther back through kentucky. i'll track it all for and you -- you and what to expect as we head through the rest of week.
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though i'm technically okay with eggings, i had a little issue. reporter: zach's not alone. on average, two children per class room have food allergies. >> it's a stressful time for our patients. we stress being prepared and having a plan in place. reporter: dr. bj lancer is an allergist in denver. he has four tips. first, don't go anywhere without medication, never eat anything you're sure is safe. . >> question need to have that available any time you could come in contact with food you're allergic too. reporter: make sure to talk to the host about safe foods for your child or host the party yourself. >> asking guests to bring paper goods or
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games or craft projects instead of bringing the food, that way you can control what the children with food allergies might eat. reporter: finally, whether you're hosting or attending a party, make sure food labels are available, keeping the original packaging can provide parents valuable information and peace of mind. >> according to a study released in 2013 by the centers for disease control, food allergies among children increased approximately 50% between 1997 and 2011. researchers now say women with dense breast tissue might not be at greater risk of breast cancer as once believed. researchers looked over 50,000 mammogram x- rays and found the same risks for those with dense tissue and those without dense tissue.
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boston researchers say the advice against putting babies to sleep on their stomachs has contributed to a 71% drop in sids death. ever. usually parents of a newborn receive gifts but if you're the founder of facebook, inspired by the birth of their new daughter, mark zuckerburg is expanding his work. the couple suffered three miscarriages on the way to having a baby say they'll give 99% of their facebook stock to charity. the announcement came in the form of a heart felt letter to their infant daughter. in a pretaped interview before the birth, the couple explained their goal. >> what does it take to make it so people don't get sick anymore, build nor inclusive and welcoming communities. can people in the next generation learn and experience a hundred times
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more things than we can. reporter: the couple says their new organization will manage the money they donate to charity. the initiative will focus on learning, curing disease, connecting people, and building stronger communities. . one of the hottest gifts of the holiday season may be too hot to handle. adds don champion reports, hover boards can catch fire. >> what is going on, dude. reporter: this is not how timothy kade thought a joyride on his self- balancing scooter would end. but moments after getting on the so-called hover board, he was calling for help. >> i came outside, turned it on, i came down the sidewalk not even probably a hundred feet, and it exploded. it said boom. reporter: and he's not alone. >> hover board is still here. reporter: in louisiana, jessica horn says the popular device is the reason she won't have a home this holiday. >> i just seen sparks just like
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shooting like a firework. and before i had time to even say it was on fire, the house was on fire. the entire middle of the board just poof, it exploded. reporter: horn bought the device for her son's birthday last month. her local fire department is now investigating. while there have not been any recalls issued, hover boards have issued at least one warning. last month in the uk, the london fire department warned users to keep watch over the devices while they charge after responding to two fires. timothy kade says he still wants another one. >> they're so fun. they're really fun, but i would take more precautions. reporter: the consumer product safety commission says consumers should report any safety issues. . >> some hover boards can go up to 10 miles per hour and they range in price from about 200 to $2,000. some families in california
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are foregoing a real christmas tree this year. a drought has stunted the state's christmas tree industry. the problem is, the trees need more than sunshine and cold, they need a gallon of water a day. >> what happens is, the strongest side on the tree will take the most of the water from the weak side, and that way you have a deformed try on -- tree on one side. reporter: this season, most trees are coming from washington and oregon and that's taking a toll on california's economy. first lady michelle obama will show off the white house christmas tree this afternoon. since the fraser fir tree arrived at pennsylvania avenue on friday, some 200 volunteers and staffers have been busy decorating the tree and the official residence. mrs. obama's first guest to see it all decorated will be a group of military families. this afternoon for the first time, new house speaker paul ryan flips
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the switch on the christmas tree. the 64-foot spruce arrived at the capitol last month. since then, crews have been busy stringing the tree with lights. the tree lighting is scheduled for, set your watches, 5:24 p.m. . today is a yellow weather alert day. now, here's wusa9 first alert weather. reporter: that precise time of 5:24 have to do with when the sun goes down? >> the sun goes down before 5:00. >> okay, then why? >> that's maybe when it starts to get dark. >> and you can see the lights. >> yeah, so there you go. >> otherwise, 5:24. >> it's dark out there now. >> but it's good news coming. >> i'm glad you mentioned that because i'm going to start with tomorrow's forecast and work backwards. we'll get to when this rain gets out of here.
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i want to give a little optimism here. as we look at the gray skies, this is not the optimism that we're looking for. i have good news, once the sun arrives, it's going stick with us for a few days so i tell you what, make your weekend plans now. let's get a preview of tomorrow's forecast. sunshine, near 50-degrees and windy tomorrow. all right, back to the dreary weather. it is warmer out there though, 54 degrees. we were just at 55 a little bit ago. the winds are out of the south so that will help us stay a bit above average today. more of the same, day no. 3. mentally, its a little hard with the rain and the clouds and the gray skies but this is the last day. similar to previous days, sometimes it's a mist, sometimes you see pockets of heavier rain fall. this is going to slowly push off to the east. areas that dry off faster are going to be
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along 81, and farther south as it lifts off. here we go, at 3:00, the bulk of the rain is to the east of 95. see this light shading of green through 66 and up through 270 and 70, that mist is going to continue for your drive home. as we head through 5:00 we are going see the bumming of the rain through southern maryland. one last push of rain to come through so the christmas tree lighting may have that light rain. the last little bit of rain is here. the clouds will linger until about midnight. then the winds turn out of the northwest. so 11:30 at night, we are dry. notice in the mountains, flurries in west virginia. by 1:00 in the morning, the skies are breaking apart. we're going to see temperatures only reaching near 50 degrees tomorrow and with
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the wind factored in, it's going to feel in the low 40s much of the day. but the sun is out and it's going to stay. 59 today, 50 tomorrow, 53 friday. look at this weekend, saturday and sunday, mid-50s for saturday. i think the golf course will be maybe busy in december.
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. you'll want to stop and watch this. some unbelievable video from a police department. yeah, what just happened. one of the office res is driving when he conscious officers is driving when he noticed a deer coming toward his car. he tried to steer away but he hit deer, caused it to
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flip over the hood. the deer got up and ran off. the cruiser sustained minor damage. >> doesn't prize me all -- surprise me at all. >> that's it for wusa9 news. we're always on
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